Taupe Vintage Buffet
Description: Vintage buffet painted in buff taupe with dark wax. The top has been sanded and stained in medium walnut and has beautiful curves. The legs and original hardware are in bronze. There were two really nice burled wood sections so we left them alone. One large drawer and 2 doors all work well.
Deep Teal Buffet
Description: Smaller oak buffet done in royal peacock with dark wax. The top has been sanded and stained in walnut. Both doors open to a storage area with one shelf in the center. Original hardware in deep nickel. Perfect for smaller spaces in a foyer or dining room and great for a bedroom TV stand.
Weathered French Country Buffet
Description: French Country Buffet with a stained deep grey top and a weathered body done in shades of grey, taupe and white. The top has been whitewashed over the grey stain. 3 drawers and more storage behind the doors, one side having a shelf. Original hardware in deep nickel.
Soft Grey Buffet
Description: Temple Stuart buffet, changing table or TV stand painted in soft pale grey, lightly distressed and finished with clear wax. The top has been sanded and stained in a brown-grey wood stain with the trim in espresso. Original hardware has been refreshed in oil rubbed bronze. One large drawer and plenty of storage behind the 3 doors.
Thomasville Greige Dresser/Buffet
Description: Thomasville dresser/side table/TV stand painted in shades of greige, soft grey and a sanded and stained top in walnut. There are 6 nice sized drawers and original hardware in dark nickel. This is a very well-made piece.
Buffet, Coffee Bar, Changing Table, or Foyer Table
Description: A new piece that could be a coffee bar, changing table, side or foyer table. Solid hard rock maple from Tell City Furniture painted in silver grey, distressed, and finished with clear wax. One large drawer and an open bottom area behind the 2 doors.
Description: Buffet/dresser painted in shadow white and vintage olive with a very subtle dark wax finish to just accentuate the beautiful carved drawers and legs and give it a vintage look. This is a very unique piece that is a cross between French country and traditional. Original hardware in bronze.
Chocolate Copper Buffet
Description: Buffet or TV stand done in dark chocolate with copper accents. The top has a metallic copper finish. Original hardware in bronze and copper. This has a very unique and elegant European style to it.
What is a Buffet?
It is an item of furniture traditionally used in the dining room for serving food, for displaying serving dishes such as silver, and for storage. They were first used in Sweden to lay out big spreads of food and drink, known smorgasbords.
Yes, There Is a Difference
Buffet, sideboard, server, credenza: Do you find yourself using these terms interchangeably? I sure do! After all, there’s so much overlap between these furniture types that a piece’s classification is often determined solely by its location in your home. Confusing, right? Oh, and have you heard of a huntboard? I hadn’t either, at least until reading this helpful Houzz design article that breaks down the details of these terms.
You might be asking yourself why does all of this matter? It doesn’t necessarily, especially if you already have a piece in your dining room that functions for you and meets all of your needs.
But if you’re in the market for a piece of furniture that you can use for storage and serving, you might as well know what you’re searching for, especially since many furniture manufacturers use the terms interchangeably.
Here’s what we learned about these four storage pieces:
- Sideboard: The distinguishing feature of sideboards, according to Houzz, are the short legs. The cabinets may also reach all the way to the floor.
- Buffet: There is no defining difference between a buffet and sideboard, but if the piece has relatively high legs, it may be referred to as a buffet instead of a sideboard.
- Server: A server is smaller, shorter, and more formal than a buffet or sideboard.
- Credenza: Historically a credenza referred to a piece of furniture with no legs and cabinets that reached to the floor, but many modern credenzas have legs. They’re likely to have sliding doors as well.